Penny Mordaunt, U.K. Minister of Trade, toured several U.S. states to begin a discussion about trading with states individually. Mordaunt said as a country, the United States “has more to do to be ready for an FTA.” She now spends time negotiating with officials in California, New York and several other states and plans to negotiate trade deals with up to twenty states.
These conversations were sparked by President Biden’s hesitancy to discuss a trade deal with Prime Minister Boris Johnson during their meeting in September 2021. While the Prime Minister hoped to have an agreement set by 2024, he says that President Biden had “a lot of fish to fry” and is unable to commit. Seemingly in response, Mordaunt began meeting with state officials to discuss future agreements in December of 2021.
Mordaunt’s goals for the discussions include: